Index of updates from 1st April 2024

Following a recent networking event with clerks, a suggestion was made that SALC record updates such as changes to procurement thresholds, s.137 limit, salaries, legal topic note changes and create an index to allow clerks to easily reference this when doing annual reviews and policies and procedures.  

    JPAG Practitioner's Guide 2024

    Use this link to access the guide relating to financial year 1st April 2024 to 31st March 2025.  Use this link to access a summary of the changes.  

    SALC website updates

    Guidance on managing payroll page now published - click on this link to view this new page. This includes guidance on best practice and payroll blogs managed by our Payroll Officer. It also includes a section of FAQ's.

    .GOV.UK domains, publication of an information page  - link to page. 

    Guidance on Planning information page now published - link to page  This includes a recording and slides of the recent Biodiversity Net Gain event delivered by Suffolk and Norfolk Wildlife Trust.  A model policy for Biodiversity is now available on the SALC Member Portal, Document Templates.

    SALC training offer

    Code of Conduct stand alone workshop - dates to be published shortly

    Planning training - four webinars (will be available to buy on-demand after the live event)  - Click on this link to view the dates and content of each webinar, including booking your place(s).

    Model Financial Regulations

    NALC have pre-released the model Financial Regulations on 7th May 2024 to  County Associations, which they will be officially publishing for use by councils this week on the NALC website.  SALC have decided to circulate the pre-release version purely as advance information, but recommend councils await the final version before adoption in case there are any final changes. 

    Click on this link to view the pre-release Model Financial Regulations.

    NALC Legal Topic Notes/legal briefings

    Legal Topic Note 22 disciplinary and grievance arrangements in local councils has been updated. 

    Legal Topic Not 23 health and safety has been updated.

    These new versions have been updated and with refreshed content, and the notes contain links to practical expert guidance. Visit the SALC Member Portal and go to the NALC Legal Topic note/Legal Briefings card to view/download these latest versions.

    Following the announcement by the Prime Minister of a general election for 4th July 2024, The code of recommended practice on Local Authority publicity (England)/publicity during the pre-election period has been updated by NALC, L01-24. Click on this link to view/download

    Publications

    NALC have published the 2024 The Good Councillor Guide. A copy can be downloaded from the SALC member portal by selecting the Model Council Knowledgebase card and selecting Appendix 3 E-books and publications.

    Salary awards 2024-25

    On 30th May, SLCC published an update to confirm that there have now been responses from the three NJC Trade Unions following the below full and final offer. Click on this link to view the updated SALC NEWS blog


    The employers’ side have today put the following “full and final” offer to the NJC unions:

    1. With effect from 1 April 2024, an increase of £1,290 (pro rata for part-time employees) to be paid as a consolidated, permanent addition on all NJC pay points 2 to 43 inclusive.
    2. With effect from 1 April 2024, an increase of 2.50 per cent on all pay points in grades 44 – 62.

    All other aspects of the unions pay claim are rejected.

    Following receipt of the unions pay claim on 29 February, they say that they consulted councils and then met initially on 16 April to discuss the key themes to come out of those sessions. They then adjourned for private political discussions before reconvening and making this offer today.

    This offer is made with the aim of achieving an early settlement. The unions will now determine their response.